Al-Qaeda advances in northern Syria

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Militants of al-Nusra Front. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – The Syrian regime announced that a military cargo plane belonging to the Syrian Air Force crashed in the countryside of Idlib, influenced by the bad weather, while the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) issued a declaration claiming responsibility for shooting down a Syrian regime’s warplane and killing its crew.

The Syrian official news agency SANA reported Monday that a military source in the Syrian Arab Army said that a military cargo plane of type “Jochen” crashed while landing at a military airport in the countryside of Idlib, in northwestern Syria.

“The crash caused the death of the entire crew,” SANA said, without mentioning the number of people who were on board or the type of their mission.

However, the al-Nusra Front announced that fighters of the Air Defense Brigades (linked to Nusra) were able to overthrow a pro-Assad military cargo plane carrying weapons, food and medical supplies before landing at the military airport of Abu al-Zuhoor in the countryside of Idlib.

This development comes days after al-Nusra’s gainedcontrol of the village of Tel Selmo adjacent to the airport, and imposed a siege on the Abu al-Zuhoor military airport. 

Noteworthy, over the last three months, the al-Nusra Front has engaged in fierce battles (along with other Syrian Rebel factions) and pro-Assad army forces in Idlib. Recently, al-Nusra gained control and claimed  major parts of Idlib province. 

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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